John Avlon and Margaret Hoover from the Red Carpet at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner

John Avlon Hosts – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon Hosts – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon Hosts – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon Hosts – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon talks about Republican’s efforts to repeal Heath Care and other political topics of the day as he hosts CNN’s Out Front on July 2, 2012.

John Avlon Hosts – OutFront – CNN

CNN political contributor John Avlon guest hosts Erin Burnett’s Out Front. John discusses job numbers, election spin analysis and other coverage of the days events. Also a segment with Angus King and Andrew Sullivan talking Jefferson’s Bible.

Remembering Michael Hastings – Reliable Sources – CNN

Last summer, Michael and his wife Elise Jordan sat down with John Avlon and his wife Margaret Hoover in a touching interview that focused on Hasting’s memorable Rolling Stone article and the risks of reporting the news.

Jimmy Breslin in His Own Words – Reliable Sources – CNN

The legendary New York columnist sits down with John Avlon to reflect on his illustrious career.


Sex, Lies and Money – Your Money – CNN

This summer politicians, athletes, and finance moguls have all been caught in lies. Is lying now the only way to win in America? Christine Romans, Margaret Hoover and John Avlon discuss.


Sen. Graham: Boycott Olympics in Russia – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon and Margaret Hoover discuss Sen. Graham suggesting the U.S. skip Olympics in Russia over the Snowden case.


Fact Checking the Pundits – Reliable Sources – CNN

John Avlon on PunditFact, the PolitiFact offshoot that aims to fact-check journalists and media commentators.


Is It not OK for a Woman to Shed a Tear – OutFront – CNN

Is it not OK for a woman to shed a tear? Is there a double standard for leaders who cry? CNN Contributors Margaret Hoover and John Avlon give their takes.

Father Ostracized for Paternity Leave – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon and Margaret Hoover discuss the ‘double standard’ of paternity leave.

Outrage over NYPD English-Only Policy – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon and Margaret Hoover discuss an English-only policy enforced by the New York Police Department.


The Changing Face of the U.S. Electorate –

John King speaks with Margaret Hoover and John Avlon about how Pres. Obama was able to win despite losing white vote.


Obama’s Legacy on the Line – CNN

Christine Romans, Annie Lowrey and John Avlon discuss the obstacles President Obama must overcome to get the middle class back on track and make his mark in the history books.


October Game Changers – CNN

Brooke speaks with CNN contributors John Avlon and Margaret Hoover about how unexpected events can impact close races.


Romney’s Rorschach Test – CNN

‘Severe conservative’ or ‘Massachusetts moderate’, which one of these terms would you use to describe Mitt Romney? If you’re having a hard time picking just one of those two options, you might not be alone. CNN Contributor John Avlon speculates that Romney’s recent surge in the opinion polls is because the Republican Presidential Nominee is now marching himself back to center of the political spectrum in time for the November election. But which one is the real Romney? Brooke speaks with Avlon and fellow CNN Contributor Margaret Hoover about Romney’s surge and what it says about voters.

Fiscal Cliff a ‘Self-Inflicted Crisis – CNN

The country is only 27 days away from tumbling over the fiscal cliff. Yet, neither side is budging to come closer to a deal. CNN Contributor John Avlon says that most politicians don’t want to go over the cliff, but some partisans might derail the discussions on both sides. In a recently published CNN opinion piece, Avlons calls members of Congress the “Cliff-Deniers”. He writes:

There is danger ahead—a growing chorus of ideological activists on both sides who insist there is no reason to fear going over the fiscal cliff, if the cliff exists at all. Call them The Cliff-Deniers. Listening to all-or-nothing advocates got us into this mess in the first place, leading directly to the loss of America’s AAA credit rating. Listening to them again would be the definition of insanity.

The Author of “Deadline Artists – Scandals, Tragedies & Triumphs: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns”, Avlon comes to the studio with his take on the stalemate in Washington.

“Right now, we are in the stage of public positional bargaining, and both sides making opening bids that the other side immediately dismisses as not serious, but of course this is serious,” Avlon says. “This is a self inflicted crisis. And Washington is playing chicken with the fiscal cliff.”


The man Who Changed Baseball Forever – OutFront – CNN

Marvin Miller died Tuesday at the age of 95.  And here’s why you should know his name: Miller transformed the game of baseball even though he never put on a uniform.


Busting Campaign Myths with Margaret Hoover and Errol Louis – OutFront – CNN

CNN contributor John Avlon talks to NY1 anchor Errol Louis and Republican strategist Margaret Hoover about the top three campaign myths that voters should be aware of heading to the polls this November.

Romney’s disputed Jeep claims – CNN

John Avlon offers his take on a controversy surrounding some claims Mitt Romney has made about the auto industry.


Romney, Obama battle for Ohio – OutFront – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon is traveling with CNN Election Express to a state that may call the election: Ohio.


Shooting Survivor Dean Kahler Passionate About Race – CNN

John Avlon speaks with Dean Kahler, a survivor of the Kent State shooting who is passionate about the 2012 election.


CNN Election Express Sweeps the Swing States – CNN

With two weeks until the election, CNN sent John Avlon and their chief business correspondent Ali Velshi on the road to take the temperature among swing-state voters.



Election Express Hits the Road – CNN

CNN’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) and John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) hit the road on the CNN Election Express to interview voters in four swing states. The road trip will start in Boca Raton, Florida, the morning after the third presidential debate.

Interviews and analysis will be featured throughout CNN’s television networks and digital platforms.

For the first week of the tour, you can follow the schedule of stops through Florida and North Carolina, on the CNN Election Express’ twitter feed @CNNExpress.


Tuesday, October 23

Boca Raton, FL
– Velshi and Avalon launch the road trip from the site of the third, and final, presidential debate.

Lakeland, FL
– Lakeland sits in the heart of the I-4 corridor, long known for swing voters.

Mirror Lake
701 East Main Street
Lakeland, FL 33801

Wednesday, October 24
Lakeland, FL
-Mirror Lake

Winter Park, FL
– The CNN Election Express will park at Central Park in the heart of a shopping and restaurant district.
214 South Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Thursday, October 25
Orlando, FL
– Eola Park is a popular place for locals to run, walk, eat, date, and just generally meet up in downtown Orlando.

151 East Washington St.
Orlando, FL
Jacksonville Beach, FL

– This beach town in Duvall County is a popular spot with locals, who will be gearing up for the University of Florida – University of Georgia football game happening that weekend in Jacksonville.

Friday, October 26
Winston-Salem, NC
– Winston Square Park is the locals’ gathering space in the central restaurant district downtown.

310 Marshall St N.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Saturday, October 27
Winston-Salem, NC
– Winston Square Park

Lexington, VA
– Washington and Lee, the historic University in the mountains of Virginia, is one of the three schools that make Lexington hop. The CNN Election Express will host a town hall-style event with seniors from Washington and Lee, Virginia Military Institute, and Southern Virginia University. We’ll ask these seniors who voted for the first time four years ago what they think of their second presidential election?

Sunday, October 28
Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee

Manassas, VA
– An historic and picturesque suburb of Washington, D.C., the CNN Election Express will park in Old Town by the Manassas Railway station.
9417 West Street
Manassas, VA 20110

Ohio Oil Boom – OutFront – CNN

The key to winning the election could come down to Ohio. John Avlon reports on the final factors of the election.


Defense is Key to Winning Virgina – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon goes to Loudoun County, Virginia to talk to swing voters about their final factor in the 2012 election.


A Look at Swing Voters – The Final Factors – OutFront -CNN

John Avlon unveils a new OutFront series, “The Final Factors.” A look at swing voters’ and their role in the election.


Avlon and Hoover on Biden/McConnell Alchemy – Starting Point – CNN

While the House struggled to reach a compromise, President Obama released his two secret weapons: Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mitch McConnell. CNN contributors John Avlon and Margaret Hoover discuss their success.

Hoover says, “We found the secret formula, the Biden/McConnell alchemy works, the president and John Boehner can’t get it done together.”

Avlon sees the broader picture of where the process failed. He points the finger at the Republicans in the House of Representatives, saying, “Speaking of losers, the House Republicans’ reputation is the problem child in Washington. It has been solidified by this whole last-minute scramble and that is a serious problem. They’ve always been the least popular cohort in Washington. Never popular to begin with, they’re seen in their own conference as the problem.”

Hoover commends their experience and their time spent a different world of politics in Washington. She says, “A lot of people are asking why doesn’t Washington work the way it used to. In a former iteration of Washington, senators, congressmen knew each other personally; they knew how to sit down and negotiate at the bargaining table. In the end, these two men are vestiges of the old Washington and in the end they saved the day.”

As for John Boehner’s colorful words for Harry Reid at the White House a few days ago, Avoln sees it as a prediction for the months ahead. He says, “Never forget, politics, in the end of the day, is people in a room, personalities and how they work and sometimes things get ugly. But, that bad blood is an indication of why we’re in for a rocky time especially in the next two months, but also the next two years.”

GOP Keeps Social Issues in the Closet – OutFront – CNN

The Obama campaign woke up to good news today with new polls in three swing states that has President Barack Obama exceeding 50% support among like voters. Obama also holds a lead of nine to 12 points over Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

Romney ‘my heart aches’ for those struggling

In his latest column for, John Avlon discusses the absence of social issues from a party that stands for social conservatism, the GOP.


Early Voting – OutFront – CNN

With 43 days until election day, chances are you can vote right now if you don’t want to wait until November 6th. By the end of this month, voters in 30 states will be able to cast their ballots in the presidential election.

In total, about 35 percent of voters — are expected to vote early this year, up from 30 percent in 2008.

Which side benefits more from this shifting election “day”? And how will it impact what happens on the election battlefield between now and November 6th?


Toothless Watchdogs – OutFront – CNN

Despite President Barack Obama’s lead in new polls, he has been outspent pro-Romney Super PACs. John Avlon has been looking at the Super PAC economy all week and how the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are powerless to stop the dark money abuse.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon is writing a series of reports on the influx of cash into this year’s campaigns for the Daily Beast in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.



Dark Money Shuffle – OutFront – CNN

A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a ruling that would have tightened disclosure rules for political donations. The decision may make it even harder to follow the money trail at a time when record amounts of money are being poured into the election through Super PACs and other groups.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon is writing a series of reports on the influx of cash into this year’s campaigns for the Daily Beast in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.


The Super PAC Economy – OutFront – CNN

One problem Mitt Romney doesn’t have is raising money. The Super PAC supporting him has already raked in more than 65-million-dollars. That’s more than outside groups in total spent at this point in the 2008 election.

CNN Contributor John Avlon is writing a series of reports on the influx of cash into this year’s campaigns for the Daily Beast in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.


Romney Leaked Audio – OutFront – CNN

On a day when Mitt Romney is trying to retool his message, undercover video has emerged of Romney at a private fundraiser earlier this year – joking about how being Latino might have helped his campaign.

The video was obtained by the left-leaning blog, “Mother Jones.”


Clinton the Closer – OutFront – CNN

Fresh off his star turn at the Democratic convention, Former President Bill Clinton hits the campaign trail Tuesday for President Barack Obama in a crucial swing state, Florida.

The former president’s power is not lost on the White House. A new CNN poll out today puts Obama’s approval rating at 51 percent. That’s much higher than the two presidents who lost re-election in the last 30 years, but still far below Clinton’s high of 60 percent at this point in 1996.

So can Clinton charm undecided voters enough to move the needle for Obama?


The Super PAC Economy – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon talks about the power of the super PAC economy when GOP VP Paul Ryan meets billionaire Sheldon Adelson.


Joe Biden Chains Gaffe – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon discusses with a panel the outrage over Joe Biden’s latest gaffe that the Romney campaign calls a ‘new low’.


Dueling budget Plans: Romney-Ryan – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon discusses with a panel the Romney-Ryan and Obama budget plans.


Mediscare Tactics – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon talks to the Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben Labolt about the ‘mediscare’ attacks.


Fact Checking Obama Campaign Ads – OutFront – CNN

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama are exchanging some strong jabs in new ads. But do their attack lines add up?

OutFront tonight: Glenn Kessler, Fact Checker for The Washington Post

Obama and Black Voters – OutFront – CNN

Can President Barack Obama depend on 2008-level of support from black voters in November? A new report by the National Urban League says black voters could tip the election this year by staying home and costing the president’s crucial votes in battleground states.

How concerned should the Obama campaign be?


Interview with James Clyburn – OutFront – CNN

CNN Contributor John Avlon talks to U.S. Rep. James Clyburn about Wednesday’s Senate vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts.

OutFront tonight: Fmr. Super Committee member and U.S. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC).

House Plans to Extend Cuts – OutFront – CNN

The Senate today voted on competing Democrat and Republican plans on extending the Bush tax cuts. The Democrat-led Senate passed its plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans.

CNN contributor John Avlon says today’s vote is nothing but political theater.

Ohio Voting Laws – OutFront – CNN

CNN contributor John Avlon discusses the importance of Ohio in the 2012 presidential elections.

OutFront tonight: The Daily Beast Contributor Mark McKinnon and CNN Contributor Roland Martin.

US City Economies – OutFront – CNN

Another California city is preparing for bankruptcy: Compton is due to run out of money on September 1. That would make it the fourth California city to go under since June. John Avlon speaks with Austan Goolsbee about the state of US City Economies.


Is Romney’s Faith Taboo Subject – OutFront – CNN

Fifty-two years after John F. Kennedy broke a barrier by becoming the first non-protestant president, Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is proving to be a thorny issue, in part, because we don’t know how to talk about it, honestly, thoughtfully and respectfully.

Discussion of religion in politics has long been dominated by demagogues – Mitt Romney’s deeply held faith is no exception.

OutFront tonight: Buzz feed political reporter Mckay Coppins. He’s been covering the Romney campaign from a unique perspective. He is also mormon.


John McCain Defends Clinton Aide – OutFront – CNN

Romney Doubles Down on Tax Returns – OutFront – CNN

Mitt Romney continues to stand firm against calls for him to release additional personal income tax returns. He said Tuesday, “I am simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort and lie about.”